The Washington Post has a feature length article on Rick Santorum’s Catholic faith and, in particular, on his connection to the lay-renewal group called Opus Dei. I kept waiting for a reference to The Da Vinci Code, but thankfully it never came. Instead, the article tells the story of a man who began as a nominal Catholic but who has become committed to a conservative, Catholic position:
Santorum had come to embrace a version of Catholicism far removed from the one he knew in the early 1970s, when church rituals were relaxing, when Catholic kids were being taught to see moral complexity, and when Santorum, a young teenager then, developed a rapport with a freewheeling Franciscan priest who spoke of Catholicism in terms of moral shades of gray…
Santorum’s first turn away from the gray-area Catholicism of his youth came when he met his future wife, Garver, around 1988.
Read the rest here.
This sad in so many ways. I think that too often believers are tempted to see this kind of devotion as a good thing, but it seems to me that the more conservative one is in their religious devotion, the more difficult it is for the truth to penetrate.
On the other hand, it wouldn’t be the first time someone we imagine to be imminently reachable never responds and the one we see as furthest from the truth suddenly coming to faith.
I agree that we ought to pray for Mr. Santorum, perhaps even for his run at the presidency. But even more for his freedom from the bondage he is tied to.
I figured you’d drop by to something along those lines. 🙂
I disagree, but I don’t suppose we need another comment thread on the internet to go that way just now.